Intermediate?

Buying books for my third and last semester at Tongji. They have strange titles. The most important one: “Climbing up”. And no “Elementary Chinese” next semester. Now it’s called “Intermediate Chinese”. I’m afraid.

Tomato and egg

I stumbled upon this picture of a common dish around here (although I’ve never seen it with onions):

Stir Fried Egg and Tomato

While I still don’t like the version they serve in the Tongji Cafeteria, I’ve eaten quite good ones in the meantime.

Su-Lin, the cook and photographer, posted the recipe in her blog. I haven’t tried it yet but you can do it. And if you want to enjoy the real Chinese experience just get tomatoes that are not yet ripe or contain black spots or holes and don’t cut them away. :-P

Labor day, work on Sunday

Because of Labor Day on Thursday Tongji moved the classes from Friday to Sunday giving us three days off. The downside is that we have to go to school on Sunday. At first I thought it was a joke but it’s obviously not.

Teamwork

The midterms are over and learning for them has improved my Chinese quite a bit. Inspired by a student of Sinology I had decided not to study any tones as memorizing doesn’t work, I can’t speak them anyway and most Chinese also understand me if I don’t use them. That doesn’t mean that I won’t try to learn them by speaking.

In the midterms we solved some exercises in teamwork and I would have never thought that one day a Chinese would copy from me in a Chinese exam. ;-)

Maybe more

According to Tongji it’s no problem to stay longer as long as TUM agrees. So the question is: Do I really want to stay longer? I don’t know. Fortunately I don’t have to decide right away.

More?

I asked my coordinator in Germany and she said I could stay longer. Let’s hope that I’ll get another admission from Tongji. If everything works out I would fly to Munich, write my exams and come back to Shanghai.

From Shanghai to Linan

The beginning of our two day study trip to Linan organized by the International School. Price: 50 Yuan (about 4,50 Euro).

Leaving Shanghai

Five buses in front of the International Students Building.

Leaving Shanghai

Large houses being built in the middle of nowhere. We’ve also seen developments with dozens of new, empty houses.

Leaving Shanghai

Oriental cherry?

Pimp my bike

Old Bike

A friend with his “new” bike. His language partner had bought it for 50 Yuan (about 4,50 Euro) and will lend it to him until he leaves.

Old Bike

Ouwen and I had pimped our bikes earlier. In our case it was only the missing air in the tires, this bike needed more care.

Old Bike
Old Bike
Old Bike
Old Bike

Luckily the man near the International Students Building has everything and can fix everything.

Old Bike
Old Bike
Old Bike
Old Bike

The chef of the two restaurants above the dining hall inside the International Students Building and a security guard. The chef has been living in Germany for several years and called the other one “Gestapo” in joke.

Old Bike

One hour and 80 Yuan later.

Old Bike
Old Bike
Old Bike
Old Bike
Old Bike
Old Bike

Wedding pictures

Opposite to the International Students Building:

Tongji
Tongji

Things at night

Security

Security framehouse next to the university.

Tongji
Tongji

Does anyone have an idea what this is for? There are many bikes like this one around.

Lunch on the lake

Tongji
Tongji
Tongji

Girls takings pictures next to the waterfall.

More Tongji

Tongji
Tongji
Tongji
Tongji

The maybe-bananas next to the 5th Ave. Café.

Tongji
Tongji

In front of the International Students Dorm.

Educational video

I was asked to give a little presentation at the Deutschkolleg. Didn’t know that they wanted to record it. Well, now “München in Bildern - Eindrücke der bayerischen Landeshauptstadt” may be used in some classes.

According to teachers many Chinese learn their presentations by heart instead of speaking freely. The video should give a good example. I hope it will.

How to recharge

The student ID in Munich has an RFID with which I can pay in the cafeterias. The Tongji one too. If I want to recharge my card in Munich I go to one of several machines, put the money in the slot, hold the card against the sensor and wait.

If I want to recharge the card in Shanghai I need to get a form, fill it in, wait and pay at the counter:

Tongji
Tongji
Tongji

At school again

Tongji

DHL

Tongji

Fodder

Tongji

They turned on the fountain.

Bananas?

Bananas?

Tongji in the news

German news site Spiegel Online cites Tongji professor Xie Weida, deputy director of the Railway Institute who says it’s “unlikely” that China will buy the Maglev technology.

An English article can be found at The Earth Times.

Another day in paradise

Chinese food

Food from the International Students Cafeteria. The lower one was quite good but I finally realized that I don’t like the egg and tomato thing which seems to be some kind of Chinese national dish.

Tongji
International School of Tongji University

International School

Bike

My bike, attached to a tree.

Tongji at night

Tongji at night

View back to the main entrance

Tongji at night

Mao and the library

Tongji at night
Tongji at night
Tongji at night

Library, reverse side

Tongji at night
Tongji at night

Camera next to the computer center

Tongji at night
Tongji at night
Tongji at night
Tongji at night

Above Tongji

Tongji
Tongji
Tongji
Tongji
Shanghai
Shanghai
Tongji
International student dorm

Views from the not too safe International Students Dorm.

Campus Shots

Tongji

Medical School

Tongji
Tongji
Tongji
Cat on the tree

Cat on the tree

Cat on the tree

No one tried to find a ladder or someone to help the poor kitten. Perhaps they were too busy to get back to all their Hello Kitty stuff… Our Chinese wasn’t good enough to plan a rescue mission.

Tongji
Tongji

Dorm

Cats in love

Cats in love

Tongji

International School and School of Foreign Languages

Tongji

Small cafeteria in front of the International Students Dorm

Tongji

Student ID

Tongji
Tongji

We didn’t need admission, passport or any other document. Everyone could have picked a Chinese name from the list, gotten a picture taken and he’d have a nice Tongji student ID like mine within minutes:

Student ID

The counter is directly behind the desk with the camera. Explains the picture. ;-)